An outstanding site for dragonflies. A few
metres from the car park is a large pond called The Moat. This is an excellent
spot for patrolling Downy Emeralds and if you're lucky you may catch a
glimpse of the rare Brilliant Emerald.
To the east is a large area of heath
containing extensive boggy pools which can easily be negotiated by a good
Each pool has something to offer and the surrounding heather is good for
Black Darters and Emerald Damselflies. Thurley Common was once the site
of the southern-most population of the White-faced Darter, but due to habitat
destruction and regular heath fires it is believed this poulation is now
White-legged Damselflies can also be found within the heath and for reptile
lovers the walkways provide handy dry basking spots for probably the largest
congregation of Common Lizards I have seen in one place.